Working relationally with LGBT clients in clinical practice
client and clinician in context
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are populations for which relational social work is well suited because the relational matrix has been the locus of much traumatic experience for many in this community. This chapter begins with an exploration of the oppressions that these communities experience, including homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and LGBT persons' shared experience of discrimination based on gender difference. Themes related to assessment, transference/countertransference, mirroring, self-disclosure, empathic ruptures, and narcissistic rage are explored for their relevance to relational social work practice with this population. Case examples are provided from the LGBT community mental health center practice setting of the primary author. All identifying information of clients has been altered to protect confidentiality.
Hansbury, G. , Bennett, J. B. (2014)., Working relationally with LGBT clients in clinical practice: client and clinician in context, in J. B. Rosenberger (ed.), Relational social work practice with diverse populations, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 197-214.
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